VIA SUNSHINE COAST DAILY Biosphere to boost the region Nomination to be sent to UNESCO Sunshine Coast Daily . 17 Jun 2019 . DARYL PASSMORE BECOMING a Biosphere Reserve would give the Sunshine Coast a global brand as a clean and green tourist destination, Mayor Mark Jamieson says. The council is putting together a nomination for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to join 686 areas around the globe, recognised for balancing conservation and sustainable use. Cr Jamieson said the move fitted perfectly with the ethos for the region as an environmentally friendly place to live and visit and provided a clear distinction from other tourist hubs. “People come here for the green and the blue. We want to maximise that,” Cr Jamieson said. “There’s no point copying everyone else. If you think about the Gold Coast, it’s a totally different appeal. “Many international tourists who come to the Sunshine Coast will make their way to the beach. But for many other visitors, areas like the Pumicestone Passage, which is a RAMSAR wetland, offer a range of opportunities such as birdlife and other nature experiences.” The biosphere declaration would cover the entire council area from Caloundra in the south to the border with Noosa in the north. Noosa and the adjacent Great Sandy Strait, including Fraser Island, are already among the existing nine biosphere reserves in Australia. Cr Jamieson said the addition of his council area would create “Australia’s Nature Coast” – a world-class zone stretching all the way up the Sunshine and Cooloola Coasts. In addition to the ecological and conservation elements, the nomination would recognise the area’s indigenous culture and Dreamtime stories associated with landmarks such as the Glass House Mountains and Mount Coolum. A public consultation period on the biosphere nomination closes on June 28.